- Sheffield CAMRA pops in to visit Little Critters - A small group of Sheffield CAMRA members recently visited the Little Critters brewery at Neepsend. Head Brewer, Will Inman, currently brews three times/week on their 10 bbl plant. As well as selling beer to the free trade, they supply their own two pubs. The widest range is available at the Fox & Duck in Broomhill […]
- Steel City Brewing - Steel City are already halfway to matching 2016’s brewing total, with one brew on the big kit and one on the minikit, plus away collabs at Lost Industry and Neepsend. The imperial pale stout, Master of Puppets came out at a whopping 11.5%, and tastes mainly of chocolate! Meanwhile, Dave couldn’t find any communion wine […]
- Abbeydale Brewery - Well it’s March, so that can only mean one thing – SHEFFIELD BEER WEEK!!! We have some exciting things planned, most notably the launch of our new modern range of rotating beers down at the Devonshire Cat on Thursday March 16th. Come down and try Salvation Stout, Reaper Wheat Beer and Voyager IPA alongside our […]
- Sheffield Beer Week 13th-19th March: Collaboration beers - A number of brewers, publicans and beer writers have teamed up to brew special beers that will be on various bars over Sheffield Beer Week. Below is a summary of the details we know at the time of going to press although they could of course change before then and there may be more we […]
- Stancill Brewery - Black Gold It may be a certain Irish drink which dominates the Stout sector, but Stancill Brewery’s hearty stout recipes have proved to be a surprise hit with Sheffield’s beer drinkers: so much so that a new variation of the black stuff is back in production! Black Gold is a new 5% variation on its […]
CAMRA National Winter Ales & Cider Festival
Tue 21 – Sat 25 Feb
Held in the historic St Andrews & Blackfriars halls in Norwich. For more details see www.nwaf.org.uk. Direct trains run hourly from Sheffield to Norwich, cheaper train tickets are available if booked in advance.
Thu 23 – Sat 25 Feb
125 real ales, ciders, world beers and fruit wines plus food and stalls at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire. Open 1400-2300 Thursday, 11:30-16:30 and 18:30-23:00 Friday, 11:30-22:00 Saturday. Advance tickets sold for Thursday and Friday evening, pay on door at other times. See www.bradfordcamra.org.uk.
Rotherham Magna Real Ale & Music Festival
Thu 2 – Sat 4 Mar
This charity event featuring a large range of real ales on handpump plus cider and perry, wine, food and live music in an old steel works is back for 2017 on a slightly smaller scale after a year off. This years festival is titled ‘Mines a Pint’ with a mining theme to some of the special beers and rooms. First Bus X1 (Sheffield-Rotherham) passes the venue on the main road, additionally a shuttle bus will be operated by Powells from Meadowhall Interchange to the festival door (special fares apply). See www.magnarealale.uk for more information.
Thu 2 – Sat 4 Mar
60+ beers and ciders, food and music at the Polish Club on True Lovers Walk in Loughborough. Free entry for CAMRA members. www.loughboroughcamra.co.uk for more details. Direct trains run Sheffield to Loughborough hourly, operated by East Midlands Trains.
Fri 3 – Sat 4 Mar
The usual monthly event open Friday evening and Saturday afternoon/evening featuring a variety of street food traders, craft stalls, art, music and a number of bars with a range of real ales and craft beers available. The featured breweries change each month. The Peddlers Venue is at 92 Burton Road, Neepsend, on bus routes 7/8 or a short walk from Shalesmoor tram stop. Sheffield Brewery which is just across the road also open on the same evenings for their Beer Club tap session. Both events offer free entry.
- Rutland Arms in Holmesfield – Dronfield CAMRA Pub of the Season - in February Dronfield CAMRA branch presented their Winter Pub of the Season award to the Rutland Arms in Holmesfield. Seen here is branch Chairman Rob Barwell with award winning publicans Gary and Lucie.
- District Pub of the Season Autumn 2016 - Our members have been voting through the autumn for our latest District Pub of the Season and we are pleased to announce the winner as the Packhorse at Little Longstone. This award is for pubs in the Derbyshire part of our branch area and is designed to raise the profile with real ale drinkers of […]
- Pub of the month gallery -
- Pub of the Month November 2016 - Now my association with the Hillsborough Hotel goes back a long way. From the heady days of Dell Tilling, when the bar only opened Thursday to Sunday and we packed in to drink Brian Hendry’s excellent Crown HPA and Stannington Stout. Well since then the Hillsborough has gone through some ups and downs and in […]
- Special award for Nigel Williams - Now and again our branch members put forward a nomination for a special award outside our usual pub and beer awards to recognise people or businesses that have contributed towards the good pub and beer scene in our area. The latest of these awards presented (after a little delay!) was to Nigel Williams, who retired […]
- Derelict pubs - A CAMRA member attending a recent branch meeting suggested to much agreement that we ought to get our correspondents to help us pull together a list of derelict pubs. All are closed and not in the best condition, some are for sale and could yet reopen as pubs given the right investment, others just waiting […]
- A new threat to pub viability? - CAMRA and its members are currently lobbying MPs for a penny off duty on a pint of beer at the forthcoming budget to help pubs and brewers, additionally drinkers are being rallied across the country to apply to get their community pubs listed as assets of Community Value, which means that the community gets to […]
- Asset of Community Value (ACV) update - Since the last issue of Beer Matters, there have been a number of local developments: Before Christmas, a letter was sent to Sheffield City Council (SCC) from Paul Ainsworth, the Chair of the National CAMRA Pub Campaigns Group expressing disquiet regarding their procedures and practices. An immediate response form SCC was the offer of a […]
- White Lion, Heeley - The White Lion celebrated two years of ownership of Jon and Mandy on February 23rd and goes from strength to strength. Having won multiple awards last year, their policy of swapping all the beers for new varieties after just one barrel is a great reason to visit. They’ll be joining in with Sheffield Beer Week […]
- Community Pubs – My personal favourite - I’ve lived in Woodseats for nearly 30 years and it’s always seemed to fall a bit short when it comes to decent cask beers. Then the Chantry, the Big Tree and the Abbey started to up their game when the Weatherspoon’s Woodseats Palace opened some years ago. However price and quality have always seemed to […]
- Inn Brief
The Riverside on Mowbray Street now offers a 20% discount on hand pulled real ales for CAMRA members. Just show your membership card before ordering.
There is a new rooftop bar in Shalesmoor as part of the Krynkl development, a building next door to the Ship Inn constructed from shipping containers
The Hop at West One in Sheffield City Centre has closed down.
The Forum has reopened following a refurbishment and the smaller bar, which was previously only regularly used for private functions, has become the ‘Slice Bar’, open from 4pm each day featuring a hot counter selling slices of pizza as well as beer, gin etc. Both the main bar and the Slice Bar has a handpump serving a special house beer brewed by True North Brewery, who own the venue.
The Washington has also now reopened following a refurbishment, as has Stone & Taps, which is offering a discount for CAMRA members.
A change of management at the Rutland Arms is expected very soon with the lease moving from Reet Ale Pubs to business partners Kate Major and Chris Bamford, who previously managed the Three Tuns and Shakespeare’s respectively. The Rutland already has a reputation established for good food, beer and pub atmosphere and we’re sure Kate and Chris will build on that.
The Old Crown has already left the Reet Ale Pubs stable, leaving the Punchbowl, Three Tuns and Closed Shop, the latter which recently celebrated its fourth birthday under its current management.
Drone Valley Brewery have brewed a special beer for the Friends of Dronfield Station which is appropriately a Porter. A launch event took place with the friends suitably adorned in railway Hi Vis jackets at the Three Tuns pub in Dronfield.
Hop Hideout now offers a 10% discount for card carrying CAMRA members Tuesday to Thursday and has established a tasting room as well as being an off licence so is effectively a micropub. The 5 beers on tap are normally real ale in a keykeg.
The Walkley Beer Company has extended their opening hours and is now open Wednesday and Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 2pm to 10pm and Sunday midday to 6pm.
Champs Sports Bar on Ecclesall Road was runner up in Sheffield’s Best Bar None awards recently held at the City Hall.
The first details of the 2017 Tramlines music festival in Sheffield have been announced including the headline acts playing the three main outdoor stages at Ponderosa Park, Devonshire Green and Endcliffe Park from 21st to 23rd July. Paid for wristbands are required to enter these venues, however there will be the usual supporting cast of pubs and clubs putting on live music with most offering free entry and many of which of course have good beer. The latest information can be found at www.tramlines.org.uk, tickets are already on sale.
- Join us for a RambAle - Sheffield is not only blessed with a great number of innovative breweries, producing delicious beers and numerous & varied pubs to enjoy drinking them in, it also has many green spaces within its boundaries and surrounding it to the south and west. Many of these areas & villages have great pubs in them and all […]
- Fancy getting involved? Volunteers needed! - It’s almost time for another Annual General Meeting – where does the time go?! We’ve had a great year, from seeing the introduction and growing popularity of the District Pub of the Season awards, to all the success of the ACV battles with Sheffield City Council. The branch now has well over 1500 members, and […]
- ‘Brewnies’ prove to be winning formula - A former local government worker who left the rat race to devote her days to baking beautiful brownies has pioneered a unique recipe which is taking sweet-toothed shoppers by surprise after adding a secret ingredient to her culinary creations… beer! Heather Moore, who lives in Middlewood, set up her booming brownie business We Luv Brownies […]
- Sheffield Beer Week 13th-19th March – introduction - Sheffield has a fantastic beer scene with a number of small breweries and a long list of great pubs and bars plus specialist beer shops along with various festivals and other special events through the year. We also have an active CAMRA branch of course. Something Sheffield has never really been good at though is […]
- Branch bits - BEER MATTERS DISTRIBUTION We currently print 3,500 copies of the magazine which are delivered by courier from the printers to the Rutland Arms where volunteers, who we really appreciate, collect a stock and take them out to pubs across our branch area which is huge – the entire city of Sheffield plus Killamarsh and a […]